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Opinions of Friday, 10 January 2014

Columnist: Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai

Let’s learn from the tragic end of a rapist and robber in Accra

An award winning ‘Daily Guide’ story on the death of ‘M’zbel rapist’ and how he was dumped at the police hospital is enough lesson for all those who take delight in vices such as rape and robbery. After snatching and selling cars, raping and robbing girls of their belongings, he is dead! His girl friend who was a major beneficiary of the ‘booty’from her lover has herself abandoned his body at the Police Hospital in Accra.

Currently the police is on the lookout for the relatives of the deceased, but chances are that the family themselves may also abandoned his body to save themselves from shame and possible questioning from the police. To this I recount the bible quotation which says “What does it profit a man who gains the whole world but loses his soul?”

For the benefit of the youth and members of the public we need to recount the story of the life and death of the rapist and robber:

Ebenezer Obese, the 35-year-old leader of a gang that raped and robbed popular Ghanaian Musician, Mzbel, has been confirmed dead.

According to a police report, the body of Obese was dumped at the Police Hospital morgue by a lady believed to be his girlfriend, after which she bolted.

Recounting the deceased’s robbery escapades by the media, the Accra Regional Police Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Frank Adufati said Obese, on September 2006, attacked Nana Ekua Amoah aka Mzbel and her girls at their New Gbawe residence; after robbing them of various sums of money as well as items including two DVD players, CD and cassette player, a digital video camera, an Epson Laptop and other personal belongings.

The deceased again led the same gang to attack a filling station in 2007, but luck eluded him this time as he was nabbed by the police in the process.

The deceased was later released after spending months on remand by a High Court in 2013.

Upon his release, the suspects again formed another gang that snatched a number of cars from people. Some of the cars sold by the deceased were later retrieved and given back to their owners.

Until his death, Obese was declared wanted by the police for a number of car snatching cases. On Monday January 6, 2014, according to Chief Superintendent Adufati, the police had information that Obese was on admission at the Ashongman Community Clinic.

When police proceeded to the health facility, they were told the deceased had been referred to the Ridge Hospital. Later, around 5:30 pm, police again received information that the body of Obese had being brought to the Police Hospital morgue for preservation.

According to information gathered by the police, a lady who only gave her name as Agatha, after presenting the body to the mortuary attendants, asked permission to attend nature’s call but never returned.

Attempts are being made by the police to contact the family of the deceased to recover his body.